Common Admission Test CAT Syllabus and Book List

CAT Syllabus

In this article, CAT students are provided with the latest CAT syllabus and book list that will help in their preparation. It should be noted that the syllabus given here is generalized. Before going to the CAT syllabus 2022, it is important to note some important details about the CAT exam. The CAT (Common Admission Test) is a computer-based test held in India every year. These test scores are determined based on quantitative ability, verbal ability, data interpretation, and logical reasoning. The articles highlight the important topics from the syllabus which are extremely crucial.


 Section  Important Topics
Quantitative Aptitude Number System, Geometry, Algebra, Mensuration, Time and Work
Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation Seating Arrangement, Blood Relation, Syllogism, Tables, Graphs, Data Caselets
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Para-jumbles & para-summary, sentence completion, inferences, RC passages-based questions.

Detailed Syllabus

Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Syllabus Verbal Reasoning Syllabus
Number Systems Tables English Usage or Grammar
Profit, Loss, and Discount Caselets Vocabulary Based (Synonyms/ Antonyms)
LCM and HCF Bar Graphs Fill in the blanks
Speed, Time, and Distance Line Charts Sentence Correction
Percentages Column Graphs Cloze Passage
Time and Work Venn Diagrams Jumbled Paragraph
Ratio and Proportion Pie Chart Meaning-Usage Match
Averages Other Basic Reasoning Questions Analogies or Reverse Analogies
Quadratic Equations & Linear Equations Calendars Summary Questions
Complex Numbers Number and Letter Series Verbal Reasoning
Simple and Compound Interest Clocks Facts-Inferences-Judgments
Logarithm Venn Diagrams Reading Comprehension
Sequences and Series Cubes
Inequalities Seating Arrangement
Probability Binary Logic
Surds and Indices Logical Matching
Set Theory & Function Logical Sequence
Permutation and Combination Syllogism
Mixtures and Alligations Logical Connectives
Trigonometry Blood Relations
Coordinate Geometry

CAT Exam Booklist

CAT Preparation Books for Quantitative Aptitude

The Quantitative Aptitude section comprises almost 22-24 questions from diverse mathematical topics. Below are suggested CAT quantitative books are mentioned here:

  • How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma.
  • Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha.
  • Quantitative Aptitude for All Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha.
CAT Preparation Books for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

The Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension is an integral section of the CAT exam as the questions test the English language skills, along with grammar and vocabulary.

  • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay.
  • A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal – Published by S. Chand publications.
  • Trishna’s Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for the CAT and Other MBA Examinations – by T.I.M.E.
CAT Preparation Books for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning can be considered an easy scoring but time-consuming section in the CAT exam.

  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha.
  • How To Prepare for The Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning for The CAT by Arun Sharma.

Apart from the books mentioned above, the candidates can also refer to the following that might help in preparing the current affairs:

 Books & Resources  Authors
High School English & Grammar Wren & Martin
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis
Newspapers & Magazines The Economic Times, The Hindu, The Times, The Frontline, Outlook Business

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